In other regions, 2 down days is often the weekly average! Across our tenure, snowfall is predictably abundant and weather predictably stable. Located in the world-famous powder belt of B.C.’s Interior, we receive huge quantities of snow: 46ft (14m) of super-light, dry, blower powder every winter! Most of this snow falls overnight, when temperatures and humidity dip. This makes our snow some of the driest on the planet, and creates a powder paradise during daylight hours.
Lodge Location – Heather Mountain Lodge is inside our terrain. This means many of our best runs are just a short flight away — it takes just 60 seconds to reach “Outrageous,” for example. If it’s snowing heavily with some clear breaks, we are able to get out to these runs quickly and safely. This wouldn’t be possible if our lodge was in a town, or if the terrain was a long flight away.
Burnt Forests – Our guests love our burnt-treed terrain. This is where a forest fire has destroyed all the undergrowth and small branches, leaving nicely spaced stands of trees. The lightest and fluffiest snow is found in the trees, as it is protected from the sun and wind. Our steeper slopes are in the burnt forests where snow stability is often the best. We often ski this type of terrain when it is snowing heavily, as the black tree trunks provide our amazing pilots with points of reference for safe flying. Plus, they’ll help you navigate while skiing!
Small Groups – Our guides love managing small groups because they can be mobilized very quickly when a clear break allows guests to get out skiing on a heavy snow day. Small groups also tend to complete runs more quickly, which widens the window of opportunity in these situations.